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Progress and Obstacles to Girls Education in Africa: Because I am a Girl Africa report 2012

Progress and Obstacles to Girls Education in Africa: Because I am a Girl Africa report 2012

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New report by African researchers, taking a critical look at the state of girls' education on the continent. Calls on governments to take an active role in reducing the barriers to girls receiving a quality education.
New report by African researchers, taking a critical look at the state of girls' education on the continent. Calls on governments to take an active role in reducing the barriers to girls receiving a quality education.

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Published by: Plan International on Oct 11, 2012
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It is difficult to assess exactly how many
children are involved in transactional sex – the
exchange of sex for money or gifts – but Plan’s
research supports other studies in indicating it
is widespread and a commonly acknowledged
practice amongst school aged girls and, to a
lesser extent, boys.54

In Uganda, 70% of girls
and 33% of boys who stated they were sexually
active reported having received gifts or money
in exchange for sex, and in Mali these figures
increase to 78% and 64% respectively.55

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Bursary and scholarship programmes for poor
children at secondary school levels have also
been introduced in Kenya and Malawi, with
priority being given to girls. Such initiatives
which have helped improve girls’ transition
rates to secondary education, although limited
budgets and issues of coordination between
various funders have restricted the number of
girls able to be supported in this way.52

In many countries, including Guinea Bissau,
Ghana and Mali, school feeding programmes
have also produced positive results in boosting
enrolment and retention of both boys and girls
in schools.53

States Parties undertake to protect the child
from all forms of sexual exploitation and
sexual abuse

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (Article 34)

God gave me a ‘shop within my body’ to work
with, so I can survive the sting of poverty…
why can’t I use it to earn a living?

Girl, Kenya

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Because I am a Girl Africa Report 2012

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